View from the Hill: Student Athlete Career Fair

Student Athlete Career Fair at WKU helps athletes prepare for life after sports.
Published: Mar. 9, 2023 at 4:37 PM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - The Hilltopper CLIMB program is an effort to empower 400 student-athletes to maximize their impact in whatever their passionate about.

A career fair for student-athletes offered them the chance to put their skills to work.

Sophomore Katie Howard took advantage of the inaugural student-athlete career fair to begin thinking about life after sports.

“I came here with a bunch of my teammates and teammates from other sports and things like that and we all connected through this and worked through it together to find what we’re all interested in things like this,” said Howard.

From professional headshots to Name, Image, and Likeness business cards, there was no shortage of resources for these student-athletes interested in planning for the future.

“Whether it be internships in the summer, jobs after they finish, or building just that kind of networking connection with the company, hopefully, they build relationships once their time up on the hill is finished,” said the Director of Student-Athlete Career Development, Collin Stoecker.

Freshman golfer Averi Cline got information about how she may be able to spend some of her summer.

“I went to a church camp one. I’m super involved in Curbside and Crossland and FCA so any opportunity to work with kids, I absolutely love it,” said Cline.

Student-Athlete Career Development wanted the fair to accommodate the diverse interests of all student-athletes.

“We tried to find a wide variety of companies to meet our student athletes’ needs and understand they have so many different, diverse majors,” said Stoecker.

Linebacker R.J. Evans says his time playing sports is also playing a big role in preparing him for the future.

“The standard they hold us to is making us ready for the real world so the only thing we don’t probably know how to do is work a job or something but we’re still gonna be great for the real world because some of the rules we follow for football is gonna help us in the real world,” said Evans.

Hilltopper CLIMB is launching another initiative, the Overtime Program this summer. It will provide student-athletes, who don’t have a traditional college summer off, the opportunity to capture work experience in any form or fashion.

For any businesses wanting more information on the Hilltopper CLIMB program, call 270-745-4904.